Links to other BASIC Stamp sites &
Here are additional sites with information and support for BASIC
- Parallax, Inc.
- Parallax is the manufacturer of the BASIC Stamp. Their site
includes all the manuals for free download as well as many
application notes, schematics and FAQs. Many of the documents can
be found in the downloads web page.
The application notes for the original BASIC Stamp I are still
very useful for ideas, so don't pass them up. They still have
relevance for the BASIC Stamp II. There is also a good
- Parallax lists
- Parallax maintains an very active email listserver. Visit
to join and to participate in the mailing list, or simply to
browse through the archives. You can execute a search through the
archive there in hopes of answering your burning questions. The Google search facility at http://search.parallax.com
us better than the one on the search bar. There is also an
archive there of the messages from the earlier Yahoo groups list.
- Parallax BASIC Stamps
- Parallax is developing a curriculum and hardware package for
use in schools. It teaches about microcontrollers and what they
can do. I am proud to have authored a series of lessons
Measurements. The curriculum also includes units on
robotics, automation, and the basics of microcontrollers and
- Scott Edwards
- Scott wrote many articles for publication in Nuts and Volts
magazine, on how to use the BASIC Stamp. I understand that Scott
also wrote the original series of great application notes that
appear in the BASIC Stamp I and BASIC Stamp II manuals. He has
built a business around his serial LCD screens and other products
that take away some of the strain of building projects with a
BASIC Stamp. His DCPB (Data Collection Proto Board, now
discontinued) was my own introduction to the capabilities of the
BASIC Stamp. The manual is available online at Scotts's web site,
along with lots of other application notes.
- Al puts up a Stamp Project of the Month, which includes
material from his many published articles and books. This includes
material on interface to PCs via the serial port using QBASIC,
Visual BASIC and other PC higher level languages. He has a math
coprocessor and a pwm module for sale, and probably other stuff
too, as his offerings grow by leaps and bounds. These modules are
called "PAKs". In addition, he maintains a popular database of
Frequently Asked Questions. Stamp
- Peter Anderson
- Peter has published extensive tutorials on the BASIC Stamp,
based on teaching experience with his students. He must have a
great program there at Morgan State U. in Maryland. He has lots of
material on his web site (including material on weather monitoring
projects and sensors). He also has educational
kits, parts and stamp accessories available for sale at low
educational prices. Many of these accessories were developed
by his advanced students.
- Christer Johansson - High Tech
Horizons - Sweden
- L.O.S.A - List of Stamp
Applications Christer has maintained and extended this list
for years. It shows a wide variety of things people are doing with
BASIC Stamps. Many of the descriptions include further contact
information or a web address. High Tech Horizons" offers a number
of products for small microcontrollers. Especially notable is the
PLM-24 power line modem, much more capable than the common X10
devices, and the SNAP protocol engine for networking multiple
Stamps and microcontrollers.
- The web site has photos of many interesting robots devised by
Arístedes and his students in Argentina. Arístedes
is a Parallax consultant, who has translated the Spanish
language version of Stampsinclass. He is moderator of the
Spanish language mailing list RoboticadelMarPlata.
Update: Aristides is now a full time Parallax professional and he
has relocated to California. He still is the Parallax main man for
the Spanish language editions.
- This site describes Brian's excellent book on the internal
operation of the BASIC Stamp II. His book is a must have for the
professional or for the advanced enthusiast. Also, in connection
with Brian's book, you might want to check out Chuck McManis' page
the internal workings of the BASIC Stamp I.
- Home of Stamp Plot Lite (free)
and Stamp Plot Pro (inexpensive), PC
programs for capturing and visualizing data output from the BASIC
Stamp. Uses simple Debug commands to direct and format the output.
Also available is the BISCIT system, a means of controlling a
stamp system with Active-X controls over the internet. Martin
Hebel and Will Davenport at SIU wrote the Industrial Control text
for the Stamps-in-Class
program, and both authors are active on the Stamps mailing
- Solutions Cubed manufactures several modules that offload
certain tasks such as timekeeping and running motors from the main
stamp processor. Lon Glazer of Solutions Cubed has written a
number of Stamp Applications columns for Nuts and Volts
- Reynolds Electronics
- Products offered are: 1) the the fire-stick, an
infrared remote link transmits and receives the state of of 4
parallel bits. Claims to be good to 50 or 100 feet. 2)
theWEDGE, an economical BASIC Stamp prototyping setup, 3) a
serial keypad interface, 4) information on RF telemetry using Ming
modules. 5) robotics information and projects, 6) development
tools for Stamp, PIC and 8051. Myke Predko's articles on
microcontrollers & programming are available here.
- Sid Weaver and Dave Mucha are very active on the BASIC Stamps
list server, and have come up with nice carrier boards for the
TLC2543 analog to digital converter, and the DS1307 and DS1302
real time clocks.
- Mark Hillier, HVW
- Canadian distributer for Parallax and StampsInClass products,
as well as many other electronic products. A recent innovation is
the "StampStack", which is an OEM BASIC Stamp module with DB9
connector, that can be plugged into a breadboard. Mark is an
active contributer to t he BASIC Stamps discussion list.
- Jon is currently writes the monthly "Stamp Applications"
column for Nuts & Volts magazine. These columns and other
application notes are archived on the N&V web site, and on
Jon's own site. Jon is an active contributer to the Stamp
discussion list and he is a top notch Parallax applications guru.
(and a professional actor as well!)
Kockelbergh, Department of Biology, University of Antwerp,
- Fred has several designs shown on his page, including data
loggers for specific biological applications, and a small weather
station built around the BASIC Stamp II. ( A lot of these links
- Mike Hardwick, for
- "Manufacturer of the famous BOB-II Serial Video Text Display
- Matt Parnell,
- Matt has implemented a complete weather station using the
BASIC Stamp 2SX and sells circuit boards and parts. He has a very
nicely organized and illustrated site, with software and hardware
documentation for the project.
- James maintains a searchable archive of the past activity on
the BASIC Stamp mailing list. This is the list as it existed
before it moved to the egroups server. A valuable resource. A
tremendous number of topics have been covered--you just have to
dig for the signal in the noise.
- Nuts and Volts
- This is the magazine that carries the most information about
the BASIC Stamp, including the Stamps
applications articles by Scott Edwards, Jon Williams and Lon
Glazer in their archives.
- Bob provides a number of application notes and schematics,
including his famous H-bridge circuit
- Jan wrote the book Serial Port Complete, replete with
information serial data transfer in RS232 and RS485. Her site
includes links to articles she has written for Microcomputer
Journal and for other publications on microcontrollers and
- Beau has been an active contributer to the Stamps email group
and always has innovative solutions to problems. Beau is a master
of the ascii art schematic drawing. He maintains an on-line
archive of circuits and imaginative design ideas for the BASIC
Stamp II and electronics.
- Programmer extraordinare. Programmed the Stache
operating system. His web site shows his own projects using the SX
micro, the TM1 time machine and PM1 pulse machine, and also
expander chips for the BASIC stamp. Also an interface for Dallas
one-wire chips, to connect them to Stamps.
- Barry has a way cool project that integrates an IDE interface
for a standard Compact Flash card (CF) with an 8kbyte SRAM memory
buffer and an LCD display. He started with a Stamp prototype and
has moved it all to a PIC.
- Carl Kollar,
Diverse Electronic Services
- powerful motors and controllers with BASIC Stamp
- Chuck Davis, Oak Tree
- Multi-output power drivers, source, sink, and bridge with PWM,
also a multioutput control module.
- Electronics dealer in Australia, with worldwide distribution.
Support for the BASIC Stamp, and microcontrollers. SIMMstick
Digital Engineering, Inc.
- Todd Peterson makes a series of interesting modules that
offload tasks from the BASIC Stamp. These include LCD modules as
well as drivers for serial printers, keyboards and a variety of
other functions. The site also has an on-line newsletter and
Lancaster's GURU'S LAIR home page
- Don has been writing about electronics for as long as many of
us can remember. He is a BASIC Stamp enthusiast. His pages are
full of all sorts of strange and wonderful information and
- Micro Engineering
- microEngineering Labs Inc. sells a popular and well supported
compiler that allows you to burn code written for the BASIC Stamp
(PBASIC) into standard PIC microprocessors. Check it out! The Pic
BASIC Pro compiler has additional functions, like support for the
LCD and for I2C protocol. The compiler is updated frequently to
support new chips as they are offered by Microchip Corporation.
This includes support for the peripherals like the A/D converters,
hardware UARTs, capture modules, etc. Conversion of a program from
PBASIC to run under the compiler will almost always take some
changes in the program, to account for differences in syntax and
timing. Also, there are bugs that creep in from one version to the
next, especially if you are doing tricky math or tricks with the
PBASIC syntax. But the result is well worth it if you have a cost
- A Stamp Clone, the Atom.
Wilson Basic Stamp II Page
- Shaun has some great projects in robotics, and an altimeter,
and lots of good links.
- Lots of math information for PICs, along with theory
- This Irish company and distributer of Stamp products has
expended a lot of effor to create an HTML conversion of the Stamp
manual, the Parallax stamp FAQ, as well as pdf files for the
individual application notes.
serial buffer chip available.
- based in the United Kingdom, Warburton specialise in the
distribution of Parallax Basic Stamps and other microcontroller
based products and development tools.
- High Tech Garage (High-TechGarage.com no longer in
- Jeff Wallace offers a "timekeeper" module that mounts under
the BS2, so that it does not take any board area. The module uses
an I2C bus to address a DS1307 RTC and up to 16kx8 eeprom.
Additional products are in the works. Great tutorials too!
- Hattem Rata's link page
Stamp SX WebRing site owned by Thomas
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